Monday, October 22, 2007

Romney's Call to Withdraw:
UN Human Right Council A Drag


Paul Calls For Complete Withdrawal

Mondoreb & Little Baby Ginn

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney last week called for withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council, ending any financial support for the organization and setting up a new organization of democracies. Has the UN become a drag to all ideas except those favored by progressives?

From Yahoo News:
Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney called the United Nations a failure on Thursday and said he would support a new coalition of the free nations of the world.

"The United Nations has been an extraordinary failure of late," Romney said in response to a question at a pancake house along the coast of early voting South Carolina. "We should withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council."

Actually, the United States doesn't have a seat on the human rights council, which it has been boycotting.
Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom later clarified the remarks.

"The governor believes we ought to withdraw completely from the U.N. Human Rights Council, and that means ending our financial support in addition to not seeking a seat on the council," Fehrnstrom said. "We should not legitimize the council, either with financial or diplomatic support."
Could this be the first step to withdrawal altogether from the United Nations? Another Republican candidate has called for complete withdrawal from the UN, an idea which would have been unthinkable just 25 years ago, but which seems to have gained some popularity among Americans.

Is the UN just another bloated unworkable bureaucracy or is it a fundamental cornerstone of international cooperation? Another candidate has moved toward the first view it seems.

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